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A Winter Wonderland experience, seasonal workshops and children’s craft sessions … create some memories with Christmas at Thorngrove

A sneaky peek into the building of Thorngrove’s Winter Woodland experience

There’s no putting it off any longer – the festive season is here and we are fully in the mood here at Thorngrove in Gillingham! Our small but hard-working team have been tinkering away behind the scenes to prep for the most magical time of year and we have so much going on over the next few weeks. We’d love you to come and make some memories with us! It’s been a difficult year for many of us, and at Thorngrove we’re always doing everything we can to offer experiences that are accessible to all, to find ways in which we can give back to the community.
This year we are raising money for Hipp!!Bones, a Gillingham-based youth club for young people with special needs, and we are once again converting one of our large polytunnels into a Winter Woodland experience! Decorated by staff, students, and day service users, taking influence from some of our favourite stories, this walk-through will absolutely help get you in the mood for Christmas, so please do come and take a look, snap some family photos, and tell your friends! It is FREE ENTRY , though we do kindly ask for donations of any size if you can make them – all going to this wonderful local project which is also used by some of our own Employ My Ability students.

What’s on at Thorngrove
At the time of reading, our Wreath Making workshops will have already kicked off, but we are hosting more on 3rd, 7th and 9th of December. They are £30 per person, which includes all materials and your finished wreath (plus a hot drink and a mince pie!). If you’re looking to come on a different day, please do get in touch and we’ll gladly find a way to accommodate you – we have discounts for group bookings too! Last year’s workshops were so much fun and we made more wreaths than ever before. No experience is necessary, just come and enjoy yourself and take home the perfect festive wreath (for yourself or even as a gift for someone else).
Christmas Crafts for Children returns for TWO DAYS ONLY on 18th Dec and 21st December. Tracey and Georgina will be hosting morning and afternoon sessions, so bring the little ones along to get creative and make some seasonally themed decorations to take home. These are always busy sessions so booking in advance is advised. Tickets are available online here, or just get in touch by phone or email.
Our Breakfast with Santa event on Tuesday 19th December is almost sold out – just 10 tickets left at the time of writing!
Last but not least, we are hosting our Christmas Market where we will be joined by a diverse range of local businesses, so stop by for the last minute unique gift!
Plus of course we have real Christmas trees, decorations, wreaths and gardener’s gifts alongside all your garden essentials. And don’t forget it’s ‘buy one lunch get one lunch free’ in the Secret Garden Cafe every weekday. We can’t wait to see you all!


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